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Letter From Joseph Fennick to His Cousin
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This item is a letter written on May 28th, 1860 from Joseph Fennick to his cousin regarding the death of Joseph's mother. The last page was writing both horizontally and diagonally.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.0834 Longitude: -80.49968
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Letter From Joseph Fennick to His Cousin, 1860. Burford Township Historical Society, Item No. 1998.001.001.
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[Mulkish] May 20th 1860

Dear Cousin

No doubght you will

think that I have forgotten to answer

your kind letter which came to [home]

about three weeks scince but it is not

the case, I should have written before

but was expecting a situation and

thought I would [Illegible] when I got

situated but things have changed -

it becomes my painful duty to inform

you of the death of my Dear Mother

She departed this life on the 14th [Illegible]

her death was quite unexpected

although she was in very poor health

we little thought that the changes

(which we have all to undergo) was so

near. She had been ailing [reather] more

[than is] common for two or three days -

before near death. And the night on

which she died I was in her

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bedroom talking to her and asking

what I should tell the [doctor] who I was

going to consult the next day [she]

answered me quite distinctly and

did not seem by any outward appearance,

to be worse than she had for several

days this was about. 8 P.M. about half

past 8 she was [taken out to] a violent

pain in the bowels which caused a

great deal of sufering - sister Annie

applied every thing which [cold] be of

any use no such case without effect

At about [10] O clock my sister [Kate]

came and they applied hot cloths to the bowels

[Illegible] to the feet and [Illegible] - but

without effect about 11 O clock she

fainted away fater she came to she was

not concious of having done so although

she retained her faculties - in a few

minutes after that she fainted away

again she kept getting worse untill

about half past 12 on Thursday night.

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The spirit fled to the one who gave

it. I can hardly realize that she is

gone. I cannot describe my feelings

although we have this consolation that

"we do not [mourn] as those without hope"

we know that she uis [severed] from a

life of pain and sorrow to one of [perpetual]

joy and gladness, it is another [time]

to [bind] us to those who have gone before

the [word] of her death was sent to all the

friends but [they] were not all able to

get to see her before she was buried

Father was going to have her [removell]

to the city for interment but was

persuaded to [bearry] her in Mulkish

she lies in the burying ground by the

[meeting] house [The] Rev'd Mr England

from the [Portland] [Illegible] was up

on the occasion, the funeral took place

on Sunday at [3] P.M. he [Illegible]

[Illegible] the words which are contained

in the [fifth fourth of Isiah] - we all do -

- fade as a leaf

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her brother Thomas & Joseph

sisters [Mrs Whiteside] and [Illegible]

was the only ones of her [Illegible] could

get here. Your sister Annie was

up and [Illegible] two or three days

all of her children was at home


she died about writing to you [Illegible]


the pleasure of seeing you [Illegible]

again for me to give [Illegible] her love

to you and your family. Uncle

Thomas is better at [Illegible]

has been for a good [10 mile] although

[five] is far from being [well] - the [Illegible]

said for him not to be left alone on

any considerations - the family are

all well as common - [Bill Brenage] still

acts as bad as the devil will let him

I made inquiries about those [Books]

[Cousin Annie] has the Geography

and the large [Illegible] the Pleasures of

[hope] is at our house I cannot get

any information about the companion

to the bible - Aunt Whiteside [said] that it

is not at her house. I sympathize

with Samuel Henderson if I had any

money I should lend it to him - I will

advise you to write to [M Whiteside] about what

you spoke [to me is] well able [And to my]

it is no more than right

I hope the time is not far distant when

I can [recompense] you for [your kindness?]

although if I was in [Illegible]

should feel [Illegible]

them if it was [Illegible] of my [Illegible]

please excuse this short [Illegible]

write soon as possible and I shall

write you a longer letter and give

you all the information that you

want [Illegible]

Give my regards to [Illegible] and

the children yours

Joseph B Fenwick

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Letter From Joseph Fennick to His Cousin

This item is a letter written on May 28th, 1860 from Joseph Fennick to his cousin regarding the death of Joseph's mother. The last page was writing both horizontally and diagonally.